Training

The broad aim of AAFC Squadron training is to achieve the wider aims of the AAFC, as detailed in the AAFC Youth Development Philosophy (YDP). In accordance with the YDP, our senior cadets deliver much of our home training, supervised by our staff who are trained in Education Management and specific subject matter areas. For more information about AAFC Squadron training, please refer to Part 2 of the AAFC Manual of Ground Training.

There are five stages of AAFC Squadron training.

Recruit Course
This course is designed to give cadets the foundational knowledge required to participate in most AAFC squadron parades and activities. The Recruit Course is structured to take approximately two months and includes at least one weekend of training. Subjects covered are drill and ceremonial, fieldcraft, service knowledge and teambuilding training.

Basic Stage
This stage is designed to build on a cadet's foundational knowledge to the point where they are proficient at most basic activities. Basic Stage consists of five compulsory subjects and should be completed by the end of a cadet's first year of service. Subjects covered are aircraft recognition, aviation, drill and ceremonial, fieldcraft and service knowledge. Upon successful completion of Basic Stage, a cadet will be eligible for reclassification to the rank of leading cadet.

Proficiency Stage
The aim of this stage is to refine a cadet's knowledge and skills to the point where they can contribute successfully to the squadron and are fully prepared to undertake more specific training such as promotion courses. Proficiency Stage consists of three compulsory core subjects (aviation, drill and ceremonial, and fieldcraft) plus three elective subjects, including aircraft recognition and/or survival.

Advanced Stage
This stage is designed to provide cadets with extended knowledge about the RAAF and the AAFC. Advanced Stage consists of three compulsory core subjects (aviation, drill and ceremonial, and service knowledge) plus three elective subjects, including aircraft recognition and/or survival.

Qualified Stage
Qualified Stage cadets complete a mix of elective subjects and projects, including squadron duties such as instructing.